SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The California Lawyers Association (CLA) congratulates its CEO and Executive Director Oyango A. Snell on being recognized as Association Executive of the Year by the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE).
“Oyango Snell has been an incredible volunteer leader for CalSAE,” said CalSAE Executive Director jim anderson. “He has made so many contributions in such a short time, it has been a joy to work with him. Oyango has an obvious passion for helping others, an incredible depth of knowledge and a terrific sense of humor!”
The CalSAE award recognizes association CEOs who have achieved overall success in contributions to CalSAE, service to professional, civic, or charitable organizations, and achievement for their employing organization. “Snell is the first black recipient in the award’s 20-year history,” Anderson said. Snell received the award at CalSAE’s annual ELEVATE conference, held in Lake Tahoe on April 25. Among the reasons Snell was chosen was “his leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at CalSAE,” Anderson said.
President of the ACL Jeremy M. Evans congratulated Snell on the recognition saying, “Oyango is a wonderful person and leader! Everyone who meets him appreciates his energy and passion for the legal profession and association management. As a friend, I couldn’t be prouder. The entire organization congratulates our CEO and Executive Director on being named Association Director of the Year. His work at the ACC and his past organizational work are rightly noticed.
During his short time at CLA, Snell helped CLA adopt its first-ever strategic plan, led efforts to implement governance best practices, and successfully steered the association beyond a post-pandemic state. .
Snell joined CLA in December 2021 after serving as senior vice president and first in-house general counsel for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), where he led the organization’s early diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, its human resources and a leadership initiative for women in energy.
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SOURCE California Bar Association